The granddaughter of a Gallipoli veteran and the niece of three soldiers and a pilot who served in WWII, Mary-Anne draws on her own family history to inspire and inform her writing. Her first novel 'Gallipoli Street' ranked the third highest debut novel in Australia in 2015 and both subsequent novels are also bestsellers. 'In a Great Southern Land' is her epic new story about the Eureka Stockade and is due for release April 2019.
'Certainly my novels are fictional however family story
winds its way in and I hope this lends authenticity to the tales.
They gave so much. Lest we ever forget.'
'Powerful, fully realised and empathetic,' - Better Reading, Book of the Week
'War Flower by Aussie author Mary-Anne O’Connor was utterly, heartbreakingly brilliant!' - Brenda, Netgalley
'Wins over the reader with the clarity of her characters and a strong plot'
- Mike Bruce, Daily Telegraph
'Heart-warming and heart-wrenching' - the Hoopla
'Moved us deeply'- Apple iBooks
'Will stay with you well after you have finished reading it' - QBD bookstores
'A fresh, new voice in Australian fiction' - A Reader's Heaven
'Through her sensitivity, beautiful writing and gift as a story teller O’Connor’s readers will come to know and love her characters as she pays homage to Australia’s brave diggers and medicos' - Weekly Times
Book of the month QBD: http://blog.qbd.com.au/2015/04/01/book-of-the-month-gallipoli-street/